24th December, 2010
Lindsey E. Tucker, Jr., Championship Chairman of the IBF/USBA, said in a letter to representatives of former WBC Heavyweight Champion, Samuel â€œTheNigerianÂ Nightmareâ€ Peter, as well as representatives of former Cruiserweight/Light Heavyweight champion and current Heavyweight contender, Tomasz Adamek, inquiringÂ if the two would be available to fight for the number 2 spot in their rankings.
The winner of the proposed bout would then fight the winner of a box-off between â€œFastâ€ Eddie Chambers and Derrick Rossy (who will battle for the firstÂ position) for the mandatory shot at IBF champion Wladimir Klitschko.
â€œSamuel got an early Christmas present from the IBF in the form of this elimination fight and weâ€™ve been going back and forth with Main Events about makingÂ it happen,â€ said Peterâ€™s long-time manager Ivaylo Gotzev.
According to the IBFâ€™s letter, â€œOn 15 September, 2010 the IBF ordered a box off in the Heavyweight division between the four highest rated available boxers.Â At the time, theÂ available contenders were Number 4, Denis Boytsov, 8, Alexander Dimitrenko, 9, Jean Marc Mormeck and 10, Jonathon Banks. All four of theÂ original challengers have pulled out of the IBF Heavyweight Box Off.â€
Thus, Team Peter was given three days to affirm the fighterâ€™s availability, but their response was immediate. â€œWe are willing and able to fight Adamek,â€Â Gotzev continued. â€œHopefully heâ€™s ready to do the same. Weâ€™re looking forward to making this significant heavyweight matchup a reality. Weâ€™re even willing toÂ accommodate Adamek and fight him in his homeland of Poland. This box-off is a terrific idea that involves four top contenders, which will produce one manÂ standing at the end and that will be the legitimate number one mandatory contender.â€